There is no denying that home life can get a bit chaotic and stressful at times, which is why so many people are jumping on the feng shui bandwagon. By actively harmonizing yourself and other occupants of your home with the surrounding environment, you can enjoy being surrounded by positive energy and good vibes. With our top 5 feng shui tips, you can transform your home into a harmonious oasis with ease.
Feng Shui Tips: The Basics
The ancient Chinese art of feng shui is all about aligning invisible energy forces that bind the universe, earth and humanity together. Today, the concept of feng shui is generally accepted to be a contemporary and practical approach to arranging objects within a particular environment to create harmony, balance and good chi. When it comes to implementing feng shui into your home, you need to consider the importance of cardinal directions. For example, the East feng shui area of your home is responsible for the energy of health and family, while the Southwest area is connected to the energy of love relationships and marriage. To further ensure feng shui is successfully applied, it is also beneficial to know your home Bagua. The Bagua is a feng shui energy map of your home that shows you which areas of your property are connected to specific areas of your life. Translated from Chinese, Bagua means eight areas and the ancient feng shui maters defined the most important areas of one’s life as:
Once you have figured out your home’s Bagua, there are a number of things you can do to introduce positive energy in your home. Our top five tips are:
Clean your windows
In feng shui, the windows are seen as the eyes of the home and have the ability to block out undesirable external stimulation, take in vital energy and exhale old energy. To create good feng shui in your home, you need to clean your windows regularly to allow as much natural light to come through as possible. Sunlight naturally energizes and wakes us up, but clean windows also metaphorically wake us up in the sense that they allow us to see the world around us with the most colour, clarity and precision. If you think your windows are looking a little outdated and want to update your home a little to welcome in all the good vibes, then we are here to help as we fit windows in Olney and the surrounding areas. Our extensive range of windows are high quality and stylish, so you can feel confident that it will make the perfect addition to your home. Once fitted by a member of our experienced team, you can then enjoy the natural light that comes pouring through into your home. Another excellent way to bring more natural light into your home is to invest in a conservatory. Having provided a number of luxury conservatories in Buckingham, we know what a great home improvement they can be.
Be mindful of colour
As highly visual beings, colour can deeply impact our well being and awaken our minds. In fact, by using colour strategically throughout your home, you can inspire transformation and support healing. As different rooms serve different purposes, the colours which you should use in each space varies. Firstly, your entry foyer is extremely important in feng shui as it is how energy enters your home – this is generally referred to as the “mouth of qi”. As it shapes the first impression of your home, we recommend using the following colours:
To know what colours you should be using to decorate other rooms in your home, take a look at this article from The Spruce.
In feng shui, crystals are used for the specific energy and vibrations they bring. For example, rose quartz is the ultimate symbol of love – it restores trust and harmony in relationships which encourages unconditional love. The association of love with rose quartz was introduced in the ancient civilization of Greece and Rome. According to myth, Cupid, the Roman god of desire, and Eros, the Greek god of love, gave humans the gift of love in the form of Rose Quartz. For this reason, many people incorporate rose quartz crystals in the bedroom as a feng shui love cure. If you get labelled as a drama queen, or have young children that tend to get overexcited or find it difficult to concentrate, then you should consider placing hematite throughout your home. Hematite crystals have an excellent grounding and balancing energy and can also be used for protection. For this reason, it is especially beneficial to place hematite by the front door for its protective qualities. If you are familiar with crystal cleansing, then you probably already know that blue kyanite and citrine are exempt from the process as they do not absorb negative energy. You can strengthen the healing energy of blue kyanite by using it in decor in your home while the abundant energy of citrine can be strengthened by using it along with fiery coloured stones such as carnelian, jasper and tiger’s eye.
Clutter in your home constantly drains energy from you and, depending on where the clutter is located, can negatively influence or completely block the flow of positive energy. While decluttering may be a time consuming and tedious process, it is worth doing as we eventually become desensitized to all the blocks and physical obstacles in our path. Whether its a lightbulb that constantly flickers or a door that refuses to shut unless you slam it, these obstacles subconsciously accumulate and create problems for us. Start by looking at your daily path through your home. Literally follow the path you would typically take from the moment you get out of bed in the morning, to the bathroom and so on until you head out the door. Then, do the same thing for your routine when you come back from work or a day out until you end up back in bed. By paying close attention to your daily path, you can easily notice any obstacles that need removing or adjusting. Once your daily path is clear and free for positive energy to flow through, you should then tackle the clutter in your bedroom. We are mainly influenced by things, events and people that are closest to us, making the bedroom the most logical place to start your full decluttering process. Start by taking out any items that create visual clutter which are not necessary for a bedroom environment. This could be anything from a TV or exercise equipment to work or office-related items. For more tips on how to declutter the feng shui way, take a look at this article.
Use mirrors wisely
Mirrors are the workhorses of feng shui cures since they can activate, circulate, expand, and deflect energy. A strategically placed mirror can reflect the view of an element that can be seen through a window into a room. For example, place a mirror so that you can see the reflection of a river (water element) and trees (wood element) into your home office. By doing this, you are inviting water for wealth and wood for expansion into your career and work life. When placing a mirror to reflect the view from a window, it is also important to take a look at the window itself as windows that are clean and in good condition keep your health and wellbeing safeguarded. If you notice any signs you need new windows then don’t panic as we have a huge selection of windows in Milton Keynes that will make the perfect addition to your positive energy filled home. Mirrors that are typically used in feng shui applications include:
For feng shui purposes, you should avoid using any mirrors which are cloudy, broken, obscured, distorted, or in disconnected pieces (like a mosaic or a group of small mirrors). A single piece of glass is what you need. You should also avoid sharp shapes or any mirror that is placed at a height which cuts off a head in the reflection.
Filling your home with postive energy
Feng shui continues to be an ever-growing phenomenon that people love incorporating into their homes. From simple solutions such as decluttering and adding crystals to your decor to giving your home a completely new colour scheme, there are so many ways which you can improve your home’s energy.